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up the afghan army and police with the aim that foreign combat troops can withdraw from afghanistan completely by the end of 2014. vic? >> kai, thank you. the u.s. has spent more than $400 billion on the afghan conflict so far. >>> two westbounds and counting. lawmakers are raising the debt ceiling, or the u.s. could default on its loans for the first time ever. danielle nottingham reports for weaj, from washington-- wjz from washington. >> reporter: one by one, senators are sounding off about the tea party backed debt plan called cut back and balance. >> that is what america wants and it's what washington needs. >> the proposal that is before us could turn a recession into a depression. >> i think it's a superior piece of legislation. it's not a serious proposal. >> reporter: the plan increases the debt limit, in exchange for billions of dollars in immediate spending cuts, limits on future spending, and a constitutional amendment, requiring a balanced federal budget. it passed the house earlier this week, but it doesn't have a chance of passing the democratic-controlled senate. >>
sleeved the award for actions in -- recipients have received the award for actions in iraq and afghanistan. >>> a human rights group is reporting indense gunfire in syria. the unrest comes after a -- intense gunfire in syria. the unrest comes after this shooting was caught on a cell phone camera. syrian forces are conducting raids and arresting anti- government demonstrators right now. the protesters want the president there to step down. >>> bill gates is hoping to revolutionize the third world and prepare vent disease by reinventing the toilet. the bill and linda gates foundation is distributing more than $40 million in grants to universities to help engineer a more efficient toilet. that could help 40% of the world's population who don't have flush toilets. that means deadly diseases can easily spread. some ideas include solar power, ones that convert waste into electricity and those that sanitize human waste. >>> some doctors say s.i.d.s. may no longer be vell vent. numbers show 2,000 babies die every year. but some experts say they may be -- they may have been suffocateed. a campaign
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